I used the following command to get rid of Wine on my Ubuntu 12.04 system but instead it got rid of everything!

sudo apt-get remove wine*

Now when I try to load my Ubuntu I get the following:

The system is running in low-graphics mode

Your screen, graphic cards, and input device settings could not be detected correctly. You will need to configure these yourself."

When I try to configure myself I click "Restore from Default" but nothing happens.

Please help.

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Welp, be more careful with the * character next time, it means everything.

Here's a guide on Ubuntu data recovery. Depending on what happened it might be possible to recover some things. If you really removed everything a lot of messages would'v appeared - you could'v pressed Ctrl + C to interrupt it. If that's the case, then unless you made a backup of your applications it's not possible to restore them. On the other hand, your data such as documents, pictures, etc, probably were NOT lost.

You can boot without X and make a backup of your files before re installing Ubuntu. Check how to copy files from terminal if you don't know how to do it. While in console mode, use man command or command --help to get more info - replacing command with the command you need help with. ls lists directory and files, ls -R does it recursively, i.e. searching sub directories.


This problem could be solved by reinstalling ubuntu-desktop.

When the message that "your system is running in low-graphics mode" appears, press Ctrl+Alt+F1, then login with your credentials.

And then, run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop

sudo reboot

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